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Unformatted text preview: Uji Shi Monogatari Tales from the Uji Collection - Compiled by an unknown editor in the early thirteenth
century (ca. 1213-1221); Uji is the name of the aristocrat Uji Takakuni who wrote the book, "Uji Dainagon Monogatari" (The Tale of the Duke Uji); afterwards, additional stories were searched and incorporated into the collection. - The major genre in the collection is called "setsuwa," which signifies the moralistic Buddhist tales or the Buddhist allegories. - Alongside, the collection includes humorous tales, love stories, tales of personified animals, and other folkloric tales. - The collection contains many allegorical stories for children that are still popular in today's Japan. One of the prominent examples is "The Grateful Sparrow." Discussion Question: What is the didactic message conveyed by "The Grateful Sparrow"? How does the narrative construct the idea? Compared with our previous reading, "The Luck of the Mountains," is there any difference in the mode of presenting the message? ...
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- Spring '08